Fireman honored for saving co-worker from choking

Published: Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:10 PM EST
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Kevin Land (center) received his award on Jan. 17. (Source: Mike Julazadeh)
Kevin Land (center) received his award on Jan. 17. (Source: Mike Julazadeh)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Engineer Kevin Land received the Exchange Club of Charleston Firefighter of the Year award last week after saving a fellow firefighter from choking on a piece of steak last year.

According to Battalion Chief Mike Julazadeh, crews from Engine 110 and Tower 105 were having dinner at Ryan's Steak House on Saint Andrews Boulevard last July when one firefighter began to choke.

Julazadeh said Land sprung into action and delivered the Heimlich maneuver. After several perfectly placed thrusts, the obstruction was cleared.

Land has been with the CFD since 1996. He has served as a firefighter on Engine 103, assistant engineer on Engine 102 and Tower 104, as engineer on Tower 105 and now on Engine 118.

He was assigned to Tower 105 during the incident. He is currently assigned to Engine 118 A-Shift.

Kevin has been described by his coworkers as very humble, never seeks recognition for his actions, and always carries himself as a true professional firefighter.

Fire Chief Karen Brack and the members of the Charleston Fire Department wish to recognize the exceptional service provided by Engineer Kevin Land. His service exemplifies the dedication, training, courage, and commitment that are the traditions of a Charleston Firefighter.

Engineer Kevin Land's calm and quick action averted a potentially tragic situation.

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